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Janet Kucharski Memorial Volleyball Tournament and Memorial Walk

Grace Christian School, 325 N. M-140, Watervliet, MI 49098
Friday, September 19 & Saturday, September 20, 2014 mark the dates of the 5th Annual Janet Kucharski Memorial Volleyball Tournaments & Memorial Walk, hosted by Grace Christian School. This event is held in memory of our dear friend and former colleague, Janet Kucharski, who lost her battle with breast cancer in February of 2010. To honor her memory, the monies collected from these events will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to “save lives by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.” Donations to this foundation help provide free mammograms for women, who would otherwise be unable to afford this preventative and life-saving screening, and fund educational programs that supply answers to breast cancer patients, survivors, and anyone whose life is touched by breast cancer. In addition to supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a small portion of the proceeds will be donated to fund a $1000 scholarship in memory of Janet Kucharski. This scholarship was enacted to benefit a family of Grace Christian School directly affected by cancer, a long-term illness, or disability by giving them $1000 to assist with their tuition for the upcoming school year.
The weekend will begin on Friday, September 19 with a Co-ed volleyball tournament at Grace Christian School, open to anyone in the community interested in participating in this event. Contact Jody Thompson for information regarding registering your team for this event (269-463-5545 ext. 15 or During the volleyball tournament, a benefit spaghetti supper will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. New to the events this year is a Memorial Walk. Walk the illuminated path to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those battling the disease. Luminaries can be purchased on the day of the event or you can find additional pre-ordering information by visiting: The Memorial Walk will be from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The event will continue on Saturday as Grace will be hosting a high school varsity volleyball tournament beginning at 9 am. Grace Christian is located at: 325 N. M-140, Watervliet, MI 49098.

Kathie Smith269-674-8446

16th Annual Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk

222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN
The Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk is held annually by Ovar’coming Together to raise funds to help fulfill the organization’s mission of creating awareness, supporting ovarian cancer survivors and caregivers, and funding ovarian cancer research to celebrate, remember and honor women affected by ovarian cancer.
Event festivities include entertainment, guest speakers, a TEAL Market, a special Survivors Tent, educational booths and more! The event always takes place on the last Saturday of each September to wrap up Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Register online until noon on Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 or in person on the day of the event starting at 7:00 AM.

Event Website:

Kelly Reynen, 317-925-6643,

Wednesday Walking Club

St. Patrick's County Park: Brown Barn, South Bend, IN
Fee $18/person for 6 sessions
Ages: 50 and older
Boomers! Meet other people who are interested in walking for fitness! We'll walk the scenic park trails. Each walk will be approximately 40 minutes, followed by brain-boosting paper and pencil activities form Memorial BrainWorks. Boost your health and wellness! Registration and payment are required by Sept. 22. To register call 574-654-3155.

Jamie Hartzke

Parkview Health Muddy Trail Run

Anthony Wayne Scout Reservation, 2282 West 500 South, Pleasant Lake, IN
Walk, Run or crawl through the mud pit, then scale the hills and sand dunes. 5K run/walk to benefit Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana and Anthony Wayne Boy Scout Council. Heats start at 8:30 and run every 30 minutes. See the website for complete details and to register.

Jennifer Vanderpool, 260-484-2543

Marine Mud Run/ Benefiting Toys for Tots

Marian High school, Logan street, Mishawaka IN
Fun Run through obstacles and mud, all tro raise awareness and donations for children in our community who go without gifts on Christmas.

1st Sgt Sam Alameda, USMC ret

Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis, Michiana

Beutter Park, Mishawaka
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is a 2 mile walk and celebration for the steps taken to find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Nationally, Take Steps is CCFA's largest fundraising event and the nation's only walk program dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Participants raise funds throughout the year come together to celebrate the steps taken towards the time when no American has to suffer with digestive diseases and Crohn's or colitis. A cure is within our reach yet we still need you.
Registration for the walk is open at or by contacting the CCFA office at 317-259-8071. There is no minimum or registration fee to participate but we ask everyone fundraise to the best of their ability. All walkers that raise $100 will receive an event t-shirt.

Amy Przybylinski, 317-259-8071

Rivalry Run 5K

501 Graham Avenue, Benton Harbor MI 49022
4:30 — Packet Pickup & Same Day Registration (Renaissance Cafe)
5:30 — Kids’ 1K Fun Run
6:00 — 5K Run / Walk
Post race — Tailgate Party – Tickets are $5 each, and include burger, salad, chips and beverage. Vegetarian options available. (Harbor Shores Field – 201 Graham Avenue)
Proceeds Benefit United Way of Southwest Michigan
UW-SWMEnjoy some friendly competition within a culture of health…and show us what color you sweat!
Southwest Michigan boasts rivalries between high school, collegiate and professional football teams alike. But this event kicks off one the most renowned rivalries in our area … two days before what could be the last showdown between University of Notre Dame and University of Michigan.
We invite Whirlpool employees, family and friends to compete for bragging rights and represent your favorite team. Dress in team colors as a player, cheerleader, coach or fan. Be creative with paint and clothing and show your true colors!

Marianne Groth

Mash The Creek Trail Races

Potato Creek State Park
5.5K and 10K Trail Race at beautiful Potato Creek State Park. Event benefits the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

Dan Wort, 574-292-1148,

Plymouth Fire Dept "Riley Gear Run"

Marshall County Blueberry Festival Parade
All proceeds going to Riley's Children's Hospital.
This run is 9.3 miles and participants will be running in full fire gear in support of the children at Riley's Children's Hospital. This will be the 3rd year for the event and in the past 2 years, we have raised more than $11,000.

John Pasley
Plymouth Fire Dept

Walk and Run for Riley Children's Hospital

West Side Middle School 101 S. Nappanee Street Elkhart, IN 46514
5K run and walk for adults.
Children's walk or run with fun activities along the way.
Also featuring a car show with cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Heather Kidder

Fit 4 Fall 5K Run/Walk

Riverview Park, St. Joseph, MI
The Fit 4 Fall 5K Run/Walk raises funds to support Hospice at Home, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Sonya Ansari Center for Autism in Southwest Michigan. The race takes runners and walkers through Riverview Park’s scenic trails and wooded terrain. Chip timing will be used to determine winners for age divisions, and medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

Pre-registration is encouraged at, as the first 500 registrants will receive Fit 4 Fall 5K shirts and goody bags.;

Olde Farmers Fest 5K Run/Walk

Rolling Prairie, Indiana Elementary School
All proceeds from this 5k run and walk support the Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church Food Pantry, which serves Kankakee, Wills, Galena and Hudson Townships. The course, which begins and ends at Rolling Prairie Elementary School, will meander throughout Rolling Prairie giving participants a flavor of our community.

Pam Pask

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk

Howard Park, E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend
WALK TOWARD A CURE FOR BREAST CANCERJoin the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Take us one step closer to finding a cure for breast cancer. Join the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walk on Saturday, October 25, at Howard Park, E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the 5K walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds from the non-competitive, family-friendly event benefit breast cancer research and local breast cancer education and free patient/caregivers support programs. Call 1-800-227-2345 or visit to learn how you can help finish the fight.

Hanah Tepe: 574.257.9789 opt. 3

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Potowatomi Park, 500 S Greenlawn Ave, South Bend, IN 46615
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. Ceremony starts at 2 p.m. and Walk starts at 2:30 p.m.

Valparaiso Half Marathon

United Way of Porter County 951 Eastport Centre Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana
-Post-race festival with music and food. Water stations on course.
-Long sleeve technical race shirts for runners pre-registered before October 27.
-Computerized chip timing by T&H Timing. Split times at every mile.
-Flat and fast course with very few turns and intersections.
-All race proceeds go to the United Way of Porter County's high school council, the Power of Youth. Recognizing the teen self-esteem epidemic, the council funds community youth self-esteem programs.
Cost and Registration
-$40 before Monday, September 1st
-$45 Monday, September 1st through Wednesday, October 1st
-$50 Thursday, October 2nd through Saturday, November 8th
-$55 Race Day Registration: Sunday, November 9th
-Online registration ( expires at 4:00pm November 8th
-Event registration is 7:00-8:15am at United Way of Porter County
-Race shirts cannot be guaranteed for runners registered after Wednesday, October 27th.

Mackenna Dickt, 219-464-3585

Barron Lake Triathlon presented by: Gurley Leep Hyundai Subaru

Howard Township Fire Department 2681 Detroit Rd. Niles, MI 49120
1st Annual Barron Lake Triathlon benefiting "Racing For Steve-O" foundation which raises funds to help support kids with special needs so they may participate in recreational activities.

Sarah Cira, (574) 807-1400